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First up, we discuss the decision to permanently shut-down the San Onofre nuclear power plant in Southern CA with Chizu Hamada. The shut down of San Onofre is being hailed as a major victory in the global antinuclear movement.
Then we’ll hear about Voices of Our Nation, or VONA, the nation’s only multi-genre conference for writers of color. On June 30, the VONA faculty will be holding a benefit reading in Oakland. A few of the writers that’ll be dropping wisdom will be Junot Diaz, Ruth Forman, Staceyanne Chin and Evelina Galang who joins us on APEX Express. Evelina Galang was named one of the most influential Filipinas in the United States by Filipina Women’s Network. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Gustavus Myers Outstanding Book Awards. She is also a long-time faculty member at VONA. We are also joined in studio by Melissa Rae Sipin, VONA alumna whose short story just one Glimmer Train’s fiction award.
We also dedicate tonight’s show to the APEX Express founding producer, Gina Hotta. May she rest in power. June 15th marks her birthday.
On tonight’s show, Karl Jagbandhansingh interviews Chizu Hamada, a new activist who thinks we should all heed the wake up call of the Fukushima nuclear disaster. She organizes with the No Nukes Action Committee which organizes protests on the 11th of each month at the Japanese Consulate (50 Fremont St., San Francisco).
Then, a look at the North Korean Refugee Adoption Act and the history of Korean adoption, featuring Korea Policy Institute Fellows Christine Hong and Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, and adoptee of color activist So Yung Kim, who is also a co-founder of Transracial Abductees.
Looking for gifts for the holidays? Visit Native American vendors at the Red Friday Holiday Market. The event will be held Friday, Nov. 30 from 11am to 4pm at the Native American Health Center, 2950 International Boulevard, Oakland.
On Saturday, Dec. 1 check out theFirst East Bay Anarchist Book Fair at Humanist Hall in Oakland. The event runs from 10am-8pm and explores questions of how change happens, violence vs. non-violence, and how to move forward in a time of crisis. For more information visit eastbayanarchist.com
Then, on Sunday, help send off the Bay Area Delegation that is heading to Mindanao, Philippines to forge solidarity with indigenous people who are organizing to fight large scale mining by multinational mining corporations. The event is a fundraiser for their trip featuring performances by Power Struggle and members of the Bay Area delegation. It will be held this Sunday from 5pm-8pm at the Causa Justa Just Cause Office, 3268 San Pablo Ave. Oakland. This event is free and wheelchair accessible. You can also donate online.